Employment Specialist

Jun 19 2018
Lanakila Pacific |Honolulu|Full Time
Job Description


The Employment Specialist reports to the Director of the Teaching and Learning Centers (TLC), and works closely with the Vocational Rehabilitation Manager and Training & Advocacy department.   The Employment Specialist is responsible for the development and implementation of Lanakila’s Employment Services. Duties include development, planning, and coordination of services; employer & community outreach, admissions, and evaluations and assessments which promote a vocational and employment oriented philosophy for individuals with challenged lives seeking services through Lanakila Pacific (LP).  This includes developing and implementing program standards, collaborating with other LP Programs and Services, ensuring contract compliance, and performing operations necessary to support the program.  Empowering individuals towards reaching their career goals is a key role of this position.  



Program and Participant Duties:

Oversee and manage daily operations and activities of Employment Services (ES); coordinate with team members and participant’s circle of support to address participant’s goals and determine priorities.

Responsible for oversight, development, coordination, and maintenance of program curriculum and activities, ensuring contract compliance and reporting duties. 

Implements and maintains age appropriate and outcome-driven training activities to support a healthful and respectful learning environment for the participant.

Provides education and support in exploring and accessing community services, assistive technology and equipment, communication/interpersonal skills and socialization, community mobility, financial management, health and wellness, home management, meal preparation and clean up, safety/emergency skills, and vocational adjustment.

Perform assessments and evaluations necessary for the written development of individualized Service Plans and establish measurable outcomes based on the participants’ personal goals and readiness for professional development.

Identify and support participants in various training programs and provide coaching as needed.

Participate in resolving workplace behavioral issues with participants, vocational counselors, and/or department managers. 

Assess program efficiency and effectiveness and formulate methods for continuous quality improvement of services provided.

Responsible for the admission and transition process into the ES program which includes: communication with referral sources; coordination of internal and external services; and leading and conducting intake meetings.

Establish and develop community contacts and promote ES to potential employers to include presentations and education to the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities.

Assist participants in obtaining competitive employment and provide ongoing support to them and their employers, identify any problem areas and provide recommendations.

Provide or coordinate benefits planning.

Continuously work with the Director of TLC to use and uphold ethical standards, program policies and procedures and best practice treatment standards.   


Other Duties & Responsibilities:

Be a role model for the participants to emulate (i.e. grooming and dressed in compliance with the organizations dress code, reliable attendance, pleasant and professional attitude, etc.).  


Advocate on behalf of the participants for their safety and health and other support services with state agencies, Hawaii Disability Rights Center and Independent Living organizations to ensure continuity of support beyond LP’s services.


Reinforce and ensure that all safety procedures and practices are followed and enforced. 


Attend training sessions/classes as mandated by organizational policy and/or as recommended by the Director of TLC.


Must be culturally competent- able to interact effectively with people of different cultures, socio-economic backgrounds, and cognitive abilities.

Performs other duties as assigned to meet departmental and organizational goals and objectives.


Willingness to gain and possess a thorough knowledge of all of Lanakila’s programs.

Demonstrate Lanakila Pacific’s values of teamwork, excellence, achievement, motivation and Lanakila in all personal interactions with others.








Possess a certification in rehabilitation counseling or a Bachelor’s degree and two years of experience assisting people with disabilities with obtaining competitive integrated employment.

Preferred Experience in the following areas: supervisory or management, person centered planning approach, vocational rehabilitation, vocational assessments and tools, behavior support, and job coaching and management.

Must maintain the following clearance/certifications in accordance with the Department of Human Services Standards:  1) TB clearance, 2) CPR/First Aid certifications, 3) APS/CAN Central Registry Check, 4) criminal history check.

Valid driver’s license and clean driving abstract with access to an insured vehicle.



If you are interested in the position, please complete an appliation on our website (http://www.lanakilapacific.org/employmen​t).


We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.